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Mad Max
     

Mad Max

4.4 7
Director: George Miller

Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne

 

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Mel Gibson stars in the futuristic action-thriller gone awry Mad Max. MGM has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, which is easily leaps and bounds over Image Entertainment's initial release of the film a few years back. All aspects of the colors look even and bright with the black levels well-rendered and dark. Aside from a small

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Mel Gibson stars in the futuristic action-thriller gone awry Mad Max. MGM has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, which is easily leaps and bounds over Image Entertainment's initial release of the film a few years back. All aspects of the colors look even and bright with the black levels well-rendered and dark. Aside from a small amount of grain that shows up once in a while, this transfer of Mad Max: Special Edition looks fantastic. Also included on this disc is a cropped pan-and-scan version of the film which is not recommended. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in both the original Australian soundtrack as well as the horrible English-dubbed version fans had to put up with for years. The surround feature kicks in a lot during this soundtrack, and, overall, this is a great-sounding 5.1 mix with all aspects of the dialogue, effects, and composer Brian May's score clear and free of distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby 2.0 soundtrack in English and Australian, and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. This new special edition of Mad Max includes some very exciting and insightful extras. To start with, there is an audio commentary by art director Jon Dowding, director of photography David Eggby, special effects supervisor Chris Murray, and film historian Tom Ridge. All of the participants on this track seem to really enjoy the film and have a lot of stories to share about the production and creation of Mad Max. A "road rants trivia and fun facts" track features info on the film shared through words and sentences appearing on the screen. Two featurettes, "Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon" and "Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar," are both interesting and informative. Each featurette focuses on either superstar Mel Gibson and his role in the movie, or what the movie means now to modern-day audiences, as well as its place in cinematic history. Finally there is a colorful stills gallery, a theatrical trailer for the film, and some TV spots for Mad Max. Road rage should be kept to a minimum after fans get their hands on this great disc.

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Though not as polished and fascinating as its sequel, Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior), Mad Max features some of the most impressive and intense action sequences ever filmed. The first effort from writer/director George Miller, the film is reminiscent of a low-budget road movie in the style of Roger Corman. It was Mel Gibson's second film, and his Max is a vengeful loner anti-hero out of a Western. Instead of the yet-to-be-tamed Old West, however, the setting is an eerily barren world vaguely of our own time. And the horses have been replaced by roaring, menacing cars and motorcycles. The movie's weird characters and tawdry atmosphere, though, suggest something more culty, perhaps a post-apocalyptic Japanese anime film. Unlike such mainstream sci-fi films of its day as Star Wars or Alien, Mad Max has a homespun quality. At the time of its release in the United States, Mad Max hardly made a splash, and it wasn't until Mad Max 2's release that the film was recognized in America. However, it was very popular in its native Australia and elsewhere around the world.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2002
UPC:
0027616869241
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered anamorphic transfer; Original Australian "language" version; Original mono audio track; "Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar" documentary; "Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon" documentary; Theatrical trailers; Audio commentary with Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray, and Tim Ridge; "Road Rants" trivia and fact track; Photo gallery; TV sports; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Max Rockatansky
Joanne Samuel Jessie
Hugh Keays-Byrne Toecutter
Steve Bisley Jim Goose
Roger Ward Fifi Macaffee
Tim Burns Johnny the Boy
Vince Gil Nightrider
Lulu Pinkus Nightrider's Girl
Nick Lathouris Grease Rat
John Ley Charlie
Sheila Florance May Swaisey
Max Fairchild Benno
George Novak Scuttle
Jonathan Hardy Labatoche
David Bracks Mudguts
David Cameron Underground Mechanic
Reg Evans Station Master
Phil Motherwell Junior Doctor
Geoff Parry Bubba Zanetti
Neil Thompson TV Newsreader
Tom Broadbridge Actor
Peter Ford Actor
Clive Hearne Actor
Paul Young Actor

Technical Credits
George Miller Director,Screenwriter
Jon Dowding Art Director
David Eggby Cinematographer
Clare Griffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Clifford Hayes Editor
Byron Kennedy Producer
Brian May Score Composer
James McCausland Screenwriter
Bill Miller Associate Producer
Chris Murray Special Effects
Grant Page Stunts
Tony Paterson Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen/Standard
0. Scene Selections: Widescreen
1. Main Title [:54]
2. The Night Rider [:03]
3. Goose [4:34]
4. Max [1:20]
5. Crazy 'Bout You [2:20]
6. Heroes [3:04]
7. New Enemies [:06]
8. Old Friend [3:07]
9. Terrorized [3:43]
10. Link [:05]
11. No Contest [2:21]
12. Big Mouth [2:55]
13. Goose's Gander [1:12]
14. Accident [1:04]
15. Ambush [3:33]
16. Not Goose [1:43]
17. No Sense [4:11]
18. Through [2:24]
19. Holiday [:41]
20. Getting an Ice Cream [:41]
21. Pursuit [2:46]
22. The Beach [3:33]
23. Unquiet Woods [:16]
24. Sprog! [1:32]
25. Severed Family [1:54]
26. Revenge [2:42]
27. One by One [2:35]
28. Man Down [1:54]
29. Head-On [1:55]
30. Go! [2:35]
31. Justice [1:44]
32. End Credits [1:59]
0. Scene Selections: Standard
1. Main Title [:54]
2. The Night Rider [:03]
3. Goose [4:34]
4. Max [1:20]
5. Crazy 'Bout You [2:20]
6. Heroes [3:04]
7. New Enemies [:06]
8. Old Friend [3:07]
9. Terrorized [3:43]
10. Link [:05]
11. No Contest [2:21]
12. Big Mouth [2:55]
13. Goose's Gander [1:12]
14. Accident [1:04]
15. Ambush [3:33]
16. Not Goose [1:43]
17. No Sense [4:11]
18. Through [2:24]
19. Holiday [:41]
20. Getting an Ice Cream [:41]
21. Pursuit [2:46]
22. The Beach [3:33]
23. Unquiet Woods [:16]
24. Sprog! [1:32]
25. Severed Family [1:54]
26. Revenge [2:42]
27. One by One [2:35]
28. Man Down [1:54]
29. Head-On [1:55]
30. Go! [2:35]
31. Justice [1:44]
32. End Credits [1:59]

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Mad Max 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I was the only one searching for the original Australian version of this. What a difference!The Goose doesn't sound like a radio ad man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't rehash the story of Max Rockatansky. We all know it by heart. However, if you're like me and was one of the many unlucky people unable to see this film with it's original Aussie dialogue, this DVD will bring you to salvation (or salavation, which ever makes more sense for you. For me, it was both!) It is amazing what dubbing can do to ruin a movie such as Mad Max. Dubbing does many bad things: it removes the actual feelings of the original acting; it makes the characters artificial and not true-to-life; the voice never seems to be synchronized correctly with the lips of the original voices. With this version, the TRUE feelings of the characters come out and make this more than a campy-action movie. In fact, the campiness is removed and it becomes more of an action/drama. One particular scene that really makes all the difference is when Max is talking to Jessie right after Goose buys the farm. Max is on the beach, attempting to eat his peanut butter and honey sandwich. Hearing how Mel Gibson originally acted and spoke this in scene, you can hear the sadness in Max's voice, close to tears as he attempts to accept losing his best friend on the force. The scene itself is dramatic and sad at the same time. With the Aussie voices back in, I felt like I could connect with the characters, feel for them, despise the bad guys (who seemed even MORE evil now), and truly cheer for Max as he exacts his revenge on the very creeps who took away his family in a matter of seconds. The video to DVD transfer is excellent, both in widescreen and fullscreen. The colors, though not vibrant, look much lusher than in previous releases on video tape. The 5.1 Surround sound in the Aussie audio track is awesome. The terrible American dubbed track is there as well in mono format, but then, why would you want to go back to that? Two documentaries are present. One goes over Mel's rise to fame, while the other documents the making of Mad Max. Theatrical trailers are also available, as well as access to various promotion posters for the movie, audio commentary by the production staff of Mad Max, TV spots as well as a photo gallery. There is a supposed ''Road Rants'' Trivia & Fun Fact Track, but I have yet to find this one. The movies (both the full screen and wide screen) are on one side of the DVD. The other side holds the documentaries and trailers. All in all, an EXCELLENT DVD to have for your Mad Max collection. If you already own the previous versions of Mad Max 1, dump them and get this DVD. This should be the ONLY version you own of the original Mad Max. In fact, to even show the American dubbed version on TV anymoe should be cause for the MFP to come out full force and arrest the perps now that the Aussie version is readily available to the public. Get it, own it, relive it in all it's glory as it was meant to be seen and heard! And, at this price, who can argue it's value? I'd have even paid for it at $20!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know maybe it was just weird and downright cruel with what happened to the wife and kid. I prefer the sequel which is much much better. No offense to anyone who actually likes this. This is the story of Max as he gets revenge against one weird biker. The ending was just creepy.